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Electroluminescence in fullerene crystals
Author(s): A. T. Werner; Hugh James Byrne; Diarmuid F. O'Brien; Siegmar Roth
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Paper Abstract

The observation of a broadband electroluminescent emission from fullerene crystals, with a spectral distribution comparable to that of the photoluminescence at high excitation densities is described. The emission intensity is highly nonlinearly dependent on the current. The response of the crystal to the application of an alternating current is investigated to determine the dynamic parameters of the emission process. In particular the frequency dependence of the emission intensity is described. Since the observed high frequency cut-off behavior cannot be mimicked by a simple equivalent circuit, a rate equation model is used to describe the state of the system. Fits of the model to the observed behavior provide rate constants which compare favorably to those reported for excited state decay in fullerenes. Observation of electroluminescence requires crystals of comparatively high conductivity and it is noted that the conductivities of different crystals from the same batch can vary by many orders of magnitude. Furthermore, when driven by high currents, the electroluminescent crystals undergo an irreversible increase in this conductance. In the region of the irreversibility, the electroluminescence output becomes unstable, and the current threshold for the onset of emission increases in a sample which has been driven to progressively higher currents increases. The process is discussed in terms of a current driven increase in the active volume of highly conducting crystalline pathways in the crystal.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 November 1994
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 2284, Fullerenes and Photonics, (28 November 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.196129
Show Author Affiliations
A. T. Werner, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Festkoerperforschung (Germany)
Hugh James Byrne, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Festkoerperforschung (Ireland)
Diarmuid F. O'Brien, Trinity College (Ireland)
Siegmar Roth, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Festkoerperforschung (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2284:
Fullerenes and Photonics
Zakya H. Kafafi, Editor(s)

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